Eight Dominican films have been shortlisted by the jury of the eighth edition of the Platino Awards, the award that recognizes the Ibero-American film industry, whose gala is scheduled for October this year in person.
The film “Malpaso” by Dominican Héctor Valdez has been pre-selected in twelve sections, competing with the Costa Rican “Días de Luz”, the Guatemalan “Nuestras madres”, the Colombian “El olvido que seremos” and “Voy por ti” from Venezuela.
In addition to “Malpaso”, the Dominican films “Atravesando el Jordán”, “Cabarete”, “Cumplables”, “Me gusta la tuya”, “Mis 500 locos” and “Pinky & Mole” also made the list.
The awards board announced that 165 pre-selected productions – fiction, animation and documentary feature films and fiction series – from 23 countries aspire to be among the 20 candidates for nominations per category, which will be made public at the end of May.
The four finalists in each category will be announced at the end of June.
Despite the pandemic, which forced the last edition of the Platino Awards to be held telematically, the number of Ibero-American productions released in 2020 and entered for the awards has only decreased by 24%, to a total of 677.
The difference in the number of shortlisted films per country is minimal. Mexico leads the list with 8%, followed closely by Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Spain and Portugal, all with 7%.
As for series, Spain dominates with 18%, followed by Mexico (14%), Argentina (12%) and Colombia (11%).
In its eighth edition the Platinum Awards, which since 2017 have recognized series as well as films, will incorporate a new award, Best Series Creator. Awards for best male and female supporting actor in film will also be added to the list of winners.
The Platino Awards are promoted by EGEDA (Spanish Audiovisual Producers’ Rights Management Entity) and FIPCA (Ibero-American Federation of Film and Audiovisual Producers) with the support of the Ibero-American Film Academies and Institutes.